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Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of 'Doug' With the Best Tribute Videos on the Web

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 11th 2011 9:30AM
DougWhile you're feeling old as you realize today is the 20th anniversary of the premiere of 'Doug' -- it's OK, we've all been there -- take a walk down memory lane with us.

'Doug' debuted alongside 'Rugrats' and 'Ren & Stimpy' as part of Nickelodeon's NickToons block. Created by Jim Jinkins, the series followed 11-year-old Doug Funnie over seven seasons, two networks and 117 episodes. Set in the fictional town of Bluffington, Doug pals around with his best friend Skeeter, avoids bully Roger and tries to woo Patti Mayonnaise.

After being canceled in 1994, the series moved to Disney and aired on ABC as part of Disney's One Saturday Morning schedule.

The title character was voiced by TV veteran Billy West until 1994. West is known for his work as Fry on 'Futurama' as well as providing the voices of both Ren and Stimpy in the original cartoon. Thomas McHugh took over the role when the show moved to ABC. Besides giving the world Quailman, the fictional band The Beets and their hit song "Killer Tofu," the series is perhaps best-known for its infectious theme song.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of 'Doug' premiering on Nick, check out the best tribute videos found around the web.

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Happy Happy Joy Joy! 'Ren & Stimpy' is 20

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 11th 2011 9:00AM
Ren & StimpyThis might make you feel supremely ancient, but Aug. 11, 2011 marks the 20th -- yes, as in two decades -- anniversary of the debut of 'The Ren & Stimpy Show' on Nickelodeon. The beloved animated series followed the tense friendship between chihuahua Ren Hoek and Stimpson J. Cat.

It's hard to believe that the gross, black humor of 'Ren & Stimpy' was able to pass as a children's cartoon, alongside the other first Nicktoons, 'Rugrats' and 'Doug,' but five years on Nickelodeon doesn't lie.

Without 'Ren & Stimpy,' we wouldn't have 'Beavis and Butt-head' or 'South Park,' nor would the 'Log' song get stuck in our heads for days at a time.

Frequently straddling the line between disgusting and fun -- well, actually, make that crossing the line -- there are plenty memorable moments from the series, which was revived on Spike in 2003 to poor reviews and we're just going to pretend that didn't happen. Below, AOL TV relives some of the grossest scenes -- and a couple of just plain fun ones too.

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'Hill Street Blues' Fun Facts

by Jane Murphy, posted Jan 15th 2011 10:00AM
In 1981, Britney Spears and Natalie Portman were born, and NBC, a network known for popularity if not quality ('Diff'rent Strokes', 'CHiPs'), was about to become an awards juggernaut.

NBC's cop drama 'Hill Street Blues' debuted on Jan. 15, 1981. With a huge cast of character actors darting about Capt. Francis Xavier Furillo's Hill Street station, the hour-long drama with a documentary look was an evolutionary leap in broadcast television.

The show might've been a one-season wonder if not for a boatload of Emmy nominations and wins, right from the start (including one for the late, great actor Michael Conrad, whose "Let's be careful out there" became an 80's catchphrase). Cancellation staved off, NBC's Thursday night anchor went on to collect nearly 100 Emmy nods before it ended after 146 episodes on May 12, 1987

"Hill Street' gave perennial police procedural guest stars like Daniel J. Travanti (as Furillo) and James B. Sikking a chance to shine, and launched the careers of Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Lynn Whitfield and 'Thirtysomething's' Ken Olin.

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'All in the Family': 12 Memorable Moments

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 12th 2011 8:00AM
All in the FamilyWould 'All in the Family' make it today?

Today, Jan. 12, marks the 40th anniversary of the CBS show's debut, and it's hard to say if the comedy would've been as influential in today's television landscape.

While there are plenty of shows that feature sex and violence -- and even cartoons like 'South Park' handle some political/cultural issues -- there aren't many that deal with politics, race and sex the way this show did. It was controversial then, but with today's 24-hour news, cable pundits, the Internet and political correctness, it would get a lot of heat (if it made it on the air at all).

So in honor of 'All in the Family's' anniversary, here's our list of 12 great moments from the show. It's hard to pick just a dozen, but these are all classic.

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'Magnum P.I.' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 10th 2010 2:00PM
It's been 30 years since Tom Selleck introduced us to his Hawaii-dwellin', Tigers cap-wearin', Ferrari-borrowin', generally-mooching private investigator Thomas Magnum.

'Magnum P.I.' premiered Dec. 11, 1980 and ran for eight seasons on CBS -- and was a top-20 rated show for the first five. It followed formal Naval intelligence officer-turned-P.I. Magnum as he lived on the palatial estate of wealthy writer Robin Masters; the estate was operated by fussy Jonathan Higgins, who may or may not have been the same person.

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'Queer As Folk' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 3rd 2010 1:00PM
Queer As FolkThe groundbreaking American version of 'Queer as Folk' ran for five seasons (the U.K. original aired for 10 episodes), and, with Dec. 3 marking 'Queer as Folk's' 10th anniversary, we're taking the opportunity to check in with what the show's stars have been up to since 'Queer As Folk' wrapped in 2005.

The British original -- created by 'Doctor Who' revival creator Russell T. Davies -- starred future 'Undeclared' and 'Sons of Anarchy' star Charlie Hunnam and 'The Wire' scene stealer Aidan Gillen and debuted in 1999.

And the American remake, starring Gale Harold, Hal Sparks, newbie Randy Harrison and Emmy-winning TV vet Sharon Gless -- followed the next year, and made a splash on Showtime with its randy, funny tales (and very graphic sex scenes) about the loves and lives of a group of gay Pittsburgh pals.

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Eddie Murphy's Best 'SNL' Characters (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Nov 22nd 2010 4:00PM
This week marked the 30th anniversary of Eddie Murphy joining the cast of 'Saturday Night Live.' An unknown comedian outside of the New York standup scene, Murphy became the show's standout performer and revitalized the series during its first true slump.

1980 was a volatile time for 'SNL.' Lorne Michaels had left and new producer Jean Doumanian hired a completely new staff. She passed up Jim Carrey, John Goodman and Dom Irrera for actors who went on to do nothing. She almost hired another no-name over Murphy, but the staff persisted and convinced her to add him by the fourth show, which aired Nov. 22, 1980.

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Will 'Days of our Lives' Celebrate 45 Years With Bo Breaking Into Jail to Save Hope?

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 5th 2010 1:10PM
Kristian Alfonso and Peter Reckell'Days of our Lives' turns 45 on Nov. 8. For 27 of those years, beloved fan favorites Peter Reckell and Kristian Alfonso have been entertaining viewers as star-crossed lovers Bo Brady and Hope Williams Brady.

As one of the most romantic super-couples on soaps ever, Bo and Hope have battled everything over the decades starting with her father's resistance to their romance to her trying to kill him while zoned out on prescription meds.

The couple's current conflict has Hope incarcerated, having been convicted for crimes she committed while under the influence. She may -- or may not -- get out of the big house in time to hang her bulb on the Horton Christmas tree (the traditional ceremony is a favorite among 'Days' viewers.) But fans in the Los Angeles area can see the actors, along with the rest of the cast, at a fan appreciation day at Universal City Walk on Sat., Nov. 6.

TV Squad recently caught up with the couple, who dished on their storyline, two new books devoted to 'Days,' 'Skating With the Stars,' and 'Days' anniversary. Read on to get the scoop from one of daytime's great duos.

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'The Jerry Springer Show': The 20 Wildest Moments From 20 Years

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 27th 2010 2:10PM
Jerry Springer
TV Guide voted it the "Worst TV Show Ever." The show's own tagline was once, "An hour of your life you'll never get back." Whatever description you want to slap on 'The Jerry Springer Show,' you can't deny that the guy, and the scummy, scummy show, has longevity. And, if we're all being honest, we have to admit we've chuckled at an episode or two.

Today's 'Springer Takes Times Square' installment (check local listings for time and channel) of the daytime series finds Jerry -- and a round-up of celebs that includes Kathy Griffin, Perez Hilton, Maury Povich, the women of 'The View' and Rachael Ray -- celebrating 20 years on the air ... 20 freakin' years.

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'Curb Your Enthusiasm': Larry's 10 Most Outrageous Moments

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 15th 2010 3:25PM
Larry David
Actually, make that 10 of Larry's most outrageous moments ... to recall them all would take us another 10 years.

Oh, and about that 10 years reference: 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' made its debut 10 years ago today, Oct. 15, which is why we're taking this walk down Larry memory lane.

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'Ed' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Kim Potts, posted Oct 11th 2010 7:45PM

Ed cast
Last week marked the 10th anniversary of 'Ed,' which certainly has a plum spot on our list of great shows that were canceled too soon. The fine dramedy that revolved around a barrister/bowling alley proprietor and his quirky fellow Stuckeyville-ians premiered on NBC on Oct. 8, 2000. And though its four seasons whizzed by all too quickly, we can't say we hardly knew ye, 'Ed' ... in fact, we knew ye, and loved ye, quite well.

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Mayberry Days: Taking a Trip Down Memory Lane

by Pat Gallagher, posted Oct 2nd 2010 11:00AM
Mayberry Days"I miss Mayberry/Sitting on the porch drinking/Ice cold Cherry ... Coke/Where everything is black and white/Picking on a six string/Where people pass by and you call them by their first name/Watching the clouds roll by." -- Rascal Flatts, from their song Mayberry'

Every year, for the past 21 years, folks have migrated from all over the United States to Mt. Airy, N.C. to spend some quality time in "Mayberry." They flock there to participate in Mayberry Days -- an annual four-day event celebrating one of the most popular shows in the history of television, 'The Andy Griffith Show.'

Mt. Airy, which is the hometown of homespun actor Andy Griffith, was the prototype for what would become the most famous fictional southern town in the continental United States in the last 50 years -- aka America's town -- Mayberry, N.C.

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'The Andy Griffith Show' Cast: Where Are They Now?

by Pat Gallagher, posted Oct 1st 2010 2:30PM
Andy Griffith Show'The Andy Griffith Show' is one of the most beloved TV sitcoms of all time. Originally televised on CBS from Oct. 3, 1960 to Apr. 1, 1968, the show ended its final season at No. 1 and consistently ranked in the top 10. More recently, the show has taken on a new life in TV Land reruns.

Andy Griffith had already made a name for himself in movies like 'A Face in the Crowd' and 'No Time for Sergeants,' when he agreed to star in his own TV show as the widowed Sheriff Andy Taylor, who didn't have to carry a gun in the small country town of Mayberry, N.C.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of 'The Andy Griffith Show,' we thought we'd catch up with the cast members -- arguably the best character actors in the business -- who appeared on the show over the years, and who'll be forever embedded in the minds and memories of millions of Mayberry fans.

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'The Flintstones' 50th Anniversary: Celebrate With 8 Fun Facts

by Rich Keller, posted Sep 30th 2010 11:00AM
The Flintstones and the Rubbles -- celebrating 50 years togetherToday marks the 50th anniversary of 'The Flintstones' (that's why you may have seen them on the Google Doodle). The Hanna-Barbera classic premiered on Sept. 30, 1960 at 8:30 in the evening on ABC and became a hit that lasted six seasons and spawned numerous spin-offs and television specials.

Tonight, Boomerang will celebrate this high-water mark by airing the show's first episode at the same time ABC aired the premiere. While you wait for that moment, here are 8 fun facts that may make you put down your brontosaurus burger.

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'The Golden Girls' 25th Anniversary: 11 Fun Facts

by Jane Murphy, posted Sep 14th 2010 3:50PM
Golden Girls'The Golden Girls' celebrates its 25th anniversary today. The show premiered on Sept. 14, 1985 and during its seven-year run, it won two Emmys and three Golden Globes. Its platinum cast (Beatrice Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty) was also honored, with each lady earning multiple Emmy nominations and at least one win each.

So, in honor of the 'Golden Girls' birthday, we compiled fun facts and clips from the classic NBC sitcom.

Some of the tidbits so startling, you might want to reach for that extra ginkoba (yes, that is George Clooney!).

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